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West Acton Primary School, Noel Road, London W3 0JL


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This subject is taught by a specialist teacher for the class teacher PPA time once a week.


At West Acton we strive to ensure that all pupils have access to high quality Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curriculum that fosters pupil’s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.

We are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of French in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for all pupils to further foreign language teaching at KS3.

Statutory Requirements

We follow the National Curriculum and assess using the National Curriculum level descriptions.

In line with the national curriculum for languages here at West Acton we aim to ensure all pupils: 
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency, and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audience, using the variety of grammatical structures
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

At the end of every key stage, pupils will understand how to apply and understand the matters, skills and techniques relevant to the topics being learnt each term.

Aims and Objectives for the Development of MFL

At West Acton we aim to:
- produce confident linguists and communicators
- develop pupils understanding of the world and acceptance of other cultures
- promote a passion for languages and positive communication
- develop pupils who are multi-skilled expressing their thoughts and ideas


Children are introduced to French from the EYFS and receive a weekly 30 minute lesson, throughout their time in Reception and Year 1. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English. In KS2, each class has a timetabled French lesson of 45 minutes. Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:

Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:
- Children learn specific topics each term
- Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with verbal activities, songs, rhymes and games
- Children develop an appreciate of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered through the curriculum content as well as by native French speakers
- Cross curricular links with computing are provided
- We follow the primary MFL scheme of work
- Francophonie Week enables the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of the culture and use the language meaningfully in context

Any pupil excelling in a particular area is invited to join the Gifted and Talented extra-curricular clubs for that term.


Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by the families of the school, as well as French, are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences, including ‘Language of the Month’ and ‘Francophonie Week’ also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning and develop the children’s understanding of different cultures.

We recognise that language learning in its broadest sense has three core strands - oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding. We also recognise that children should be encouraged to apply their knowledge and that we should equip them with strategies for language learning that they can use in the future, when studying another foreign language. As a result, opportunities to develop knowledge about language (KAL) and language learning strategies (LLS) underpin the three core strands. This follows the five strands recommended in the KS2 Framework for Languages (DCSF).

We allow for differentiation, with a range of strategies, which include:
- Providing resources and setting tasks of different complexities, matched to the ability of the child
- Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses
- Providing speaking and writing frames to scaffold responses
- Using a range of questioning

In EYFS children are taught French using songs and music; they are then able to develop:
- The ability to identify sounds
- The ability to mimic
- The willingness to have a go and take risks
- Their enthusiasm and capacity for enjoyment
- The ability to develop confidence and positive attitudes to languages 

The content and skills of French lessons in KS1 provide a sound foundation for later learning. French lessons across the school are planned to allow progress towards and achievement of the objectives stated in the 2014 National Curriculum.

We teach the children to know and understand how to:
- ask and answer questions
- use correct pronunciation and intonation
- memorise words 
- interpret meaning
- understand basic grammar
- work in pairs and groups to communicate in the other languate
- look at life in another culture
- read and write simple words and basic sentences

In KS2, the MFL provision meets the statutory guidance of the KS2 National Curriculum. Lessons are adapted from the Camden scheme of work by Magna Groups.

We teach the children to know and understand how to:
- Engage in conversations, express opinions and respond to those of others
- Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- Present information and ideas orally to a range of audiences
- Understand basic grammar including gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural forms of noun, and conjugation of key verbs
- Write words and phrases from memory
- Use a dictionary
- Adapt phrases to create new sentences describing people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Partnership with Parents and Local Community

Parents are encouraged to support their child’s education in all subjects and are invited to curriculum events. They are also welcome to attend any celebrations and cultural events that their child is participating in.

We have strong links with a local secondary school providing enrichment activities for pupils We believe our strong relationship with local schools enables our pupils to benefit from a wide range of resources as well as have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a more challenging environment.

Equal Opportunity

At West Acton We believe all children should have access to and participation in the learning of languages and to be supported in this process

We aim to provide a curriculum that all pupils can access. This means personalising and adapting our practice to target the needs of our pupils, setting individual targets where appropriate and valuing the diverse experiences that our pupils bring to school. It also includes providing specialised resources where appropriate.

Gender and race issues are examined and discussed to provide a suitable curriculum.

We have high expectations of all our children and aim to overcome any potential barriers to their learning.

For further information please refer to the Equal Opportunities Policy

Special Educational Needs / Inclusion

At West Acton, we teach a modern foreign language to all children. A modern foreign language forms part of the school’s commitment to providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our modern foreign language teaching, we provide learning opportunities that enable all children to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child's different needs. Native French speakers themselves are considered an asset to French lessons and teachers ensure their full involvement and engagement within lessons and the efforts and achievements of all children in the subject celebrated.

We aim to meet the individual needs of all our pupils; some pupils require a more personalised approach to access the curriculum and this is fully discussed with parents. Decisions about support and personalised learning are made in consultation with parents.

If pupils fail to make progress or has difficulty in this subject the class teacher discusses this with relevant staff. This may lead to discussions taking place with the SENCO and the class teacher, and decisions made re support.

Discussions could lead to:
- support during lessons from a TA
- individual targets set
- teacher focus within the lesson 

If pupils are exceeding the levels expected for a particular age group the class teacher discusses this with relevant staff. This may lead to discussions re personalised provision.

Discussions could lead to:
- selection for the Gifted and Talented MFL group
- participation in projects aimed at challenging high achievers
- participation in competitions against other local schools or Gifted and Talented pupils
- teacher focus within the lesson

An individual action plan (IEP) is written for pupils identified as having special educational needs by the SENCO in consultation with parents, appropriate LSAs and the class teacher where appropriate. The IEPs give individual targets to enable pupils to progress and achieve their full potential. These IEPs are regularly reviewed and support planning, teaching and learning.

For further information please refer to the Special Educational Needs Policy

Cultural Capital

At West Acton, we aim to provide our children with the courage, skills, aptitude and confidence to enable them to responsible citizens within their communities. 

Through developing children in MFL (French) they will be able to make a positive contribution to the society within which they live.

As part our MFL curriculum all pupils will develop 20 fundamental skills helping to develop their language and communications skills, understanding of the world and developing their self-confidence, enjoyment and engagement.

Developing West Acton Pupils in MFL (FRENCH)


Here at West Acton we strive to encourage our children to reinforce their learning at home with family and friends sharing their knowledge and appreciation of languages and differing cultures within their communities.